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Weekend slide work planned for SR 4


October 18, 2018

A vehicle passes in front of a slide area on SR 4 just east of County Line Park. A contractor will work around the clock Friday-Monday to stabilize the slope; traffic may be stopped up to 20 minutes to accommodate the work.

An intense four days of slide stabilization work is set for this weekend on SR 4 near the Wahkiakum/Cowlitz county line.

The work is scheduled Friday through Monday, with the contractor working around the clock to stabilize a slope that failed July 25.

To accommodate the work, the highway may be closed 20 minutes at a time.

Washington Department of Transportation spokesperson Celeste Dimichina said Monday the work was planned for a weekend because department personnel felt there would be less impact on traffic.

"Originally, the contractor was given 15 working days to complete the project," Dimichina said in an email. "However, the contractor doubled up on their rock scaling crew so they can get the work done faster, which means less of an impact on the community and travelers. Because there's typically less traffic over the weekends, they are working around-the-clock over the weekend to complete this project.

"There will only be one weekend of closures, since the contractor will be working around-the-clock over the coming weekend."

The project is scheduled for completion on Tuesday, Dimichina added.

"Since work is weather dependent, if this date changes, we will send out an update," she said.

The work comes as the contractor completes another slide stabilization project on SR 4 near Stella.


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